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How Long Does the Tummy Tuck Surgery Take?

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A tummy tuck should not take a long time / La cirujia de abdominoplastia no esta supuesta a tardar mucho

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In a competent board certified surgeon's hands a tummy tuck should take between 45 minutes and 3 hours.  Remember that this is a very common surgery.  It is not an extremely complex one in most cases.  The time will be based upon your size and habitus.  Also concomitant procedures like liposuction add time. 

 

Good luck and thank you for your question.

 

SIncerely,

 

Anire Okpaku MD


En las manos de un cirujano certificado y calificado la cirujia de abdominoplastia puede tomar desde 45 minutos hasta 3 horas. Acuerdese de que este es un procedimiento bastante comun. No es nada extremadamente complejo en la gran mayoria de los casos. El tiempo va depender mas bien de su tamano y tipo fisico. Ademas procedimientos combinados como liposuccion anaden tiempo.

 

Suerte y gracias por su pregunta

 

Atentamente, 

 

Anire Okpaku

 

 

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Duration of tummy tuck surgery.

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The duration of tummy tuck surgery depends on the complexity of the patient’s case and the technique used by the surgeon. For most of my patients, I am often able to perform a tummy tuck in approximately one and a half to two hours. It is important to discuss the credentials and experience of your surgeon before going forward with surgery.

 

Web reference: http://www.theplasticsurgeryclinic.com/procedures/body/tummytuck.html

Toronto Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck - How Long Does the Tummy Tuck Surgery Take?

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There's a huge variation with this, particularly since this surgery is often performed with liposuction of one or more areas of the body.

First of all, though, you have to decide if you're talking about actual operating time (the time from the first incision until the dressing is applied or the last suture is placed) the time in the OR (which includes set-up and some recovery) or all of the above plus time in recovery.

Strictly speaking, surgical time is usually from about 2.5-4 hours, depending on exactly what has to be done (a "tummy tuck" after significant weight loss cannot reasonably be compared to a small tummy tuck after one pregnancy in which very little weight was gained, etc).  1-3 hours can be added for liposuction and additional tissue removal including the back, etc.  So the total is typically about 2.5-5 hours - although surgeons operate at different speeds...and there's no prize for finishing first...

I hope that this helps, and good luck,

Dr. E

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New York Plastic Surgeon
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Duration of tummy tuck surgery

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Most tummy tuck surgeries take between 2 and 3 hours depending on the patient size and the surgeon's proficiency. Ask your board certified plastic surgeon at the time of your consultation for more specifics. The time is not as important as the final result. A faster surgery does not mean a better outcome.

Best wishes,

Dr.Bruno

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Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Length of Tummy Tuck Surgery is going to vary widely

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Hi there-

The length of your operation will depend on the details of your anatomy, the technique to be performed, and your surgeon's experience and efficiency with the technique.

This is not to say that all surgeons who seem to take a long time are not experienced, or that surgeons who do the operation more quickly are rushing somehow... Just that there is variability in how quickly surgeons compete the same tasks (ask any anesthesiologist).

But quality and safety are really what you should be concerned about. Whether your operation takes 2 hours or 5, if a surgeon has an excellent record of safety and his outcomes are excellent, you should be confident you are in good hands.

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Orlando Plastic Surgeon
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How Long Does the Tummy Tuck Surgery Take?

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The average time is 3 hours but remember it is not a race. attention to detail is the sine qua non for a great result. 

Miami Plastic Surgeon
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Tummy Tuck Surgery

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Duration of abdominoplasty is three to four hours in my hands.  This varies depending on your dimensions and amount of tissue to be removed, as well as compliance of your abdominal wall, and concurrent procedures being performed.

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San Diego Plastic Surgeon
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Not too long, not too short... Just right

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You have probably seen a quoted range from 2 to 4 plus hours. Every patient and every surgeon is different, so there is no right or wrong time. Less time on the table is better to reduce costs and minimize complications like blood clots and infections. On the other hand, there is such a thing as too fast. It is not a race. It is your body and you get one chance to do it right. So, as long as times are reasonable, how long the procedure takes should be relatively low on the list of importance.

Boise Plastic Surgeon

It depends on the tummy tuck and the surgeon

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Hello,

The actual length of a full tummy tuck procedure in the operating room will be around 3 hours.  A mini tummy tuck can be as short as an hour and a full body lift can take as much 5 hours.  The recovery of a tummy tuck is similarly dependant on the type of tummy tuck and the patient.  Usually, 2 weeks is a good amount of time off of work unless your work requires heavy lifting or vigourous activity.

All the best,

Dr Repta

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Scottsdale Plastic Surgeon
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How long does it take for Tummy Tuck surgery...

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Tummy Tuck, or Abdominoplasty, is a procedure that tightens the stomach muscles and gets rid of loose abdominal skin, with great results.  In general, it should take approximately 3 to 4 hours for a surgeon to perform this procedure.  It does depend on the patient's size and how much tightening is needed of the abdominal muscles.  I would speak to your surgeon to see how long he thinks it would take him to perform this procedure on you.

 

 

 

Edison Plastic Surgeon
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